Monday, 18 August 2014

Belgian Grand Prix Preview

After a three-week break, F1 circus is gearing up for the second half of the season, likewise, many of us are looking forward to see the best of the F1 season.  The 12th race of the F1 season will kick off this weekend at a historical & a scenic, Spa- Francorchamps.

The circuit is one of the most challenging & longest circuit on the F1 Calendar, located in the Ardennes Mountains. Overall it's a seven kilometres in length, running 44 laps,  have got flat-out corners & fast straights; the average speed is 230km/h.

Pirelli confirmed  its P Zero white medium tyres as primes and the P Zero Yellow soft as an options.

"With the softer option liable to be the preferred choice in qualifying due to a significant time gap. This is because of the length of the lap, meaning also that strategy is a very big factor in Spa: there is more time to be won and lost by being on the right tyre at the right time than at many other venues. It’s the sort of race where, under the right circumstances, it’s absolutely possible to go from last to first – and that always makes for a very exciting grand prix. Often it can be raining on one part of the circuit but completely dry at another part, meaning that the versatility of cars, tyres and drivers is tested to the limit as well." says Paul Hembery

 The weather is always unpredictable with heavy rainstorms and it's believed that, in the history of the Belgium GP, it has rained for 20 years in a row. And so there is always the rain threat during the race, which raises the chances of a safety car period.

Moreover, the Spa- Francorchamps circuit is all time favourite of most of the drivers on the F1 grid. The unique ups & downs reflects the track so well with it's iconic features and the history involved makes it a drivers delight.

William's Fellipe Massa "I love Spa, it's one of my favourite tracks because of the long straights and high speed corners, and it's a track we all look forward to racing at. The long straights should suit our car and we can kick the second half of the season off with some success."

 What all to look at for the second-half of the season: 1> The aerodynamic developments on the cars. 2> Teams orders. 3> The battle between the top half of the table for championship points and positions.

Above all, I reckon the Spa race will be one the interesting race to watch out. Sebastian Vettel had won the race last year, Who do you think will win the race this year? Will we see another team order between Lewis & Nico as they is only a gap of 11 points in their Drivers' standings? Have your say.

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